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Mark Newton

You'd think there are some movies which never need to be updated or remade. Casablanca immediately springs to mind, but then I remember that the Michael Curtiz directed classic is getting some kind of weird sequel/update. Of course, if we've learned one thing in recent years, it's that Hollywood doesn't mind dredging up its history if it means making a buck. This same thinking sprang to mind when I read about the proposed 'update' to Frank Capra's State Of The Union.

According to Variety, the 1948 classic which starred Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, and Angela Lansbury is being eyed for a 'second adaptation'. The original movie was itself an adaptation of the Russel Crouse and Howard Lindsay's Pulitzer-winning play of the same name. It seems the rights to this play have been bought up by Identity and Flat Penny Films.

State of the Union tells the story of Grant Matthews, an aviation entrepreneur with political aspirations. He hatches a scheme with his lover, a newspaper proprietor who also wants to gain power in the White House, to become a political force. Unfortunately once Matthews hits the road with his estranged wife, he realizes there's a lot more to this politics business than meets the eye.

I suppose if your going to remake Capra, it might be best to go for one of his lesser known films. Perhaps we should just be glad it's not Mr. Smith Goes to Washington that's getting the treatment. Furthermore, State of the Union does better lend itself to the update treatment than some of the more time-specific pieces like Casablanca. It's story over over-ambitious corporate bosses isn't exactly unknown in this world of Donald Trumps and Mitt Romneys.

What do you think? Do you mind State of The Union being re-adapted? Let us know below.


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